Rep. Michael McCaul said Monday that the United States intelligence community has obtained specific evidence indicating that ISIS is targeting President Barack Obama’s Syrian refugee plan.
Speaking at the National Defense University on Monday, McCaul – the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee – said that intelligence officials approached him “earlier this week” with the information.
“I don’t want to get into specifics to protect my sources,” McCaul explained, but “ISIS members in Syria have attempted to exploit it to get into the United States.”
“The U.S. government has information to indicate that individuals tied to terrorist groups in Syria have already attempted to gain access to our country through the U.S. refugee program,” yet the White House has not yet released this information to the public.
“To me that’s very disturbing.”
Additionally, McCaul called the intelligence officials’ decision to come forward “very courageous… given the political debate on the Hill,” which would indicate the information was not meant for his consumption.
President Obama has adamantly called upon the United States to open its doors to Syrian refugees. In his Thanksgiving address, he stated that, “nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims” seeking asylum in America.